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Copied, with variations, from the central portion of Paul Sandby’s aquatint after Antonio Fabris, Part of Naples, with the Ruin’d Tower of St Vincent, published 1 January 1778. The Castel dell’ Ovo in the left background is replaced by mountains, the foreground figures modified and a boat omitted. Finlay draws attention to the influence of William Gilpin in Turner’s simplification of the elements, and the adoption of an oval format. The other side of the sheet (Tate D40266) has a study of the masonry of the base of the tower.
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